Private Lake Residence, United States

Well-known philanthropists and art collectors, this couple approached Charles R. Stinson Architects with the desire to create a classically modern, multi-generational family home with a multitude of sustainable-design features. She asked for a structure as simple and elegant as an Armani suit. He wanted a home that was practical, useful, and not overstated. In response, Stinson composed a home of timeless simplicity out of square volumes free of ornamentation. “This composition is a collection of vertical and horizontal forms which are articulated enough to feel separate as the entire assemblage wraps around the site like a modern sculpture,”says Stinson.

“They’re a private couple on a rather public piece of property, so we created a sense of privacy and seclusion around the house,” Stinson explains. “But when you’re inside, the house has a marvelous sense of transparency and is open to the outdoors. We wanted them to feel free and connected to the site when they’re home, so it’s comfortable for them and their friends and family.”

Extremely durable concrete and steel structure
Custom German kitchen
European-style autocourt
Stacked granite site walls
Limestone panel
40 Geothermal Wells for heating and cooling
Triple-paned glass with motorized, operable transoms for cross ventilation
Wired for future solar panels
Rooftop deck and fireplace with panormaic views
Green roof filters rainwater into a garden cistern that collects water for lawn irrigation

Charles R. Stinson, AIA, ASID
Chuck Thiss and Larry Ward of Charles R. Stinson Architects
Interior Designer: Linda Girvin and CRS Interiors
Landscape Architect: Coen + Partners
Builder: Streeter & Associates
Photography: Paul Crosby